Cinnamon Verum is a subtle, savory cinnamon variety that may be different from the cinnamon you're used to, with a beautiful aroma and flavor that really comes out when the cinnamon is cooked.
If you're looking for a more familiar but extra-sweet and spicy cinnamon, you might like our Royal Cinnamon as well.
Our Zanzibar Cinnamon Verum (aka Ceylon or "true" cinnamon) is complex, herbal and a little savory, with notes of pine, citrus peel and sea salt. This cinnamon is the inner bark of the Cinnamomum verum tree. It's perfect for savory dishes like tomato sauces, stews, chili and barbecue rubs, as well as for baked goods and breakfasts like oatmeal or pancakes.
Burlap & Barrel is the sole importer of Zanzibar spices to the US. Like all of the spices from our partner cooperative in Zanzibar, our Cinnamon Verum is grown organically.
Named the Best Overall Cinnamon by Spruce Eats
- Origin: Zanzibar, Tanzania
- Aliases: True cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon, soft stick cinnamon, dalchini
- Process: Sun-dried
- Ingredients: 100% True Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum verum)
- Tasting notes: Orange Peel • Brown Sugar • Raw Honey
- Sprinkle onto apples and apple pies before baking
- Add to oatmeal, chia seeds, or other sweet breakfast
- Shake into butternut squash soup or pumpkin curry
- In Spiced Winter Squash (community recipe)
- In Glazed Pumpkin Spice Cookies (community recipe)
- In Mahi Mahi with Stewed Spiced Peaches (community recipe)
- Pairs well with: Pemba Cloves, Stone Nutmeg, Sweet Allspice
Our cinnamon is the inner bark of the Cinnamomum verum, tree also known as true cinnamon or Ceylon cinnamon.
It is grown by a cooperative of smallholder farmers on the Zanzibar islands off the east coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean, many of whom have been cultivating cinnamon and other spices (including our cloves, nutmeg and black pepper) for generations.
It grows on the steep hillsides rising above the beach, where it thrives in the hot sun, salty breeze and sandy soil, a terroir that contributes to a subtle, smooth flavor without any bitterness. The cinnamon is hand-cut and sun-dried to order throughout the year to guarantee the freshest and most intense flavor.
Meet the Farmer: Bakari Omar is pictured holding a branch of a cinnamon tree that he just cut. The next step is to shave off the bark, some of which will be ground into powder, and some of which will be made into shavings.
Very subtle flavor, need to use more
My girlfriend and I love cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is our favorite, but this B&B cinnamon verum is very bland. It was our first order from B&B based on the recommendations from Bon Appetite. We did a taste comparison with several other brands of Ceylon cinnamon (all seem to be slightly different) and the B&B offered nothing. Almost tasteless. Three people did this taste test and all agreed.
Sweet and bright. Vastly more flavor than any supermarket cinnamon I’ve ever had.
Spicier than the more traditional Royal Cinnamon. The flavor is reminiscent of Red Hots/Hot Tamales candy almost. I used it in a sourdough cinnamon raisin swirl bread and was totally impressed. This stuff packs a delicious zingy punch!!
I use this everyday in my coffee. It adds such richness and takes away any bitter aftertaste. It is also good to help keep your blood sugar in check.